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Mihai Grecu







Mihai Grecu was born in Romania in 1981. After studying art and design in Romania and France, he has been pursuing his artistic research at the Fresnoy Studio of Contemporary Arts. Recurring topics such as environmental crisis, political allegories, new technologies and catastrophes articulate the whole of his exploration of mysterious and subconscious beginnings. These visual and poetic trips mix several techniques and may be seen as propositions for a new dream-oriented technology. His work has been shown and awarded in numerous film festivals (Tribeca, Locarno, Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal) and exhibitions ("Dans la nuit, des images" at the Grand Palais, "Labyrinth of my mind" at the Cube, "Video Short list: the Dream Machine" at the Passage du Retz, "Studio" at "Les Filles du Calvaire" Gallery).





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Saturnism


Virtual Reality Film,  production: Barberouse Films, 2020.


 

Tribeca Film Festival New York/Tribeca Immersive 2020

JIFA, International Festival of Art Films-Musée du Louvre, Paris 2020
















The reflection of power



Experimental / 9' / 2015

This film gives a rare insight into one of the most secluded places in the world, the capital Pyongyang.
of North Korea. Slowly an unknown phenomenon dissolves this strange city and creates an unexpected
architectural and metaphorical situation.
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Exland



Huge abandoned amusement parks and abstract commercial displays are hidden somewhere between misty mountains
and windy fjords. From these places, a mysterious, colourful tsunami appears, which destroys the majestic landscape
...flooded under himself.







Glucose





Using 3D technology and live recordings, glucose transforms our home environment. It represents a place where
where physical distortions occur.

The camera becomes the microscope of a slow mental slide show and captures precious moments of the perceptual disturbance.

Inspired by quantum theory, in which particles in two places can be in an overlapping state at the same time,
this anxiogenic and humorous short film gives birth to new kinds of relationships between objects and their own physical
Special features.

 






Centipede sun





The birth of this project is due to the discovery of the Altiplano region in Chile. As a symbol of isolation,
which is doubled by the sublime landscape and the complex spiritual background, this region is the main character
of the film. It represents a self-sufficient being, and the film is the portrait of that being. The surrealistic transformations
become a logical extension of the great strangeness of the landscapes. These places, which are responsible for the absence of any
form of life known at great distances, undergo a symbolic metamorphosis that gives them an inner
abstract life form. It is a geographical, mineral, colossal life form based on elements
which are extremely inhospitable to biological existence.







WE'LL BECOME OIL



Dry landscapes are filled with the traces of a meta-conflict, beyond all visible political or
ideological issues. A continuous and inexplicable state of crisis occupies the spaces and the view and
is turning pure mineral geography into a war zone.
The history of oil takes over the history.






Coagulate


Absence, presence and aquatic distortions in this choreography of fluids, mysterious forces
twist the laws of physics and influence the behaviour of living beings in purified rooms.


Unlith



An abstract dialogue between men and black dogs. In this cold and hostile atmosphere their
Gestures and reactions create subtle tensions. Aggression and helplessness let the bodies mutate and
distort their environment.





Biography

Mihai Grecu was born in Romania in 1981. After studying art and design in Romania and France, he has been pursuing his artistic research at the Fresnoy Studio of Contemporary Arts. Recurring topics such as environmental crysis, political allegories, new technologies and catastrophes articulate the whole of his exploration of mysterious and subconscious beginnings. These visual and poetic trips mix several techniques and may be seen as propositions for a new dream oriented technology. His work hes been shown and awarded in numerous film festivals (Tribeca, Locarno, Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal) and exhibitions ("Dans la nuit, des images" at the Grand Palais, "Labyrinth of my mind" at the Cube, "Video Short list: the Dream Machine" at the Passage du Retz, "Studio" at "Les Filles du Calvaire" Gallery).

 

Filmography:

„SATURNISM”, Virtual Reality Film,  production: Barberouse Films, 2020

Tribeca Film Festival New York/Tribeca Immersive 2020

JIFA, International Festival of Art Films-Musée du Louvre, Paris 2020

 

 

„THE REFLECTION OF POWER”, production: Bathysphere, 2015

 

Awards

Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, Award of Distinction 2015

Jury's Special Mention, Festival de Clermont Ferrand, 2016

 

Best documentary, Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnia 2017

Jury's Special Mention, festival National du Film d'animation, Carcassonne, France 2017

Jury's Special Mention, Competition LABO, Festival de Clermont Ferrand, France 2016

Jury's Special Mention, Annecy Animation Film Festival, France, 2016

Best Documentary Film, FrontDoc, Italy 2016

Best Short Film, Panorama International Coisa de Cinema, Brasil 

Best Film, Lago Film Fest, Italy, 2016

Best Experimental Film, Sapporo Short Film Festival, Japan 2016

 

Best director, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Romania, 2016

Best Documentary Film, Astra Film Festival,Sibiu, Romania, 2016

Jury's Special Mention, Festival du Film en Plein Aire, Grenoble, France 2016

 

Jury's Special Mention, Tirana Film Festival, Albania 2016

 

Festivals Clermont-Ferrand, Festival international du film d'animation d'Annecy, Message To Man St Petersburg, DokuFestKosovo, Festival Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Winterthur (Switzerland), Kassel DokFes (Germany), Alcine (Madrid), Curtocircuito (Santiago de Compostela), Alternativa (Barcelona), Mecal (Barcelona), FIFF Tübingen-Stuttgart, Timishort (Romania), FICFA (Canada), FIVA (Argentine), Alter-Native (Romania), Short Film Festival Leuven (Beligique), Auteur Film Festival Belgrad (Serbie) Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (Romania), Hong Kong International film festival Society (Hong-Kong), Festival Internacional de Cine de Lanzarote (Spain), Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (Germany), Jeonju International Film Festival (Corée du Sud), IndieLisboa (Portugal), International Festival Signs of nights (Thailande), Contravision (Germany), FEC Reus (Spain), Tampere Film Festival (Finlande), Regensburg (Germany), Shortwaves (Poland), Festival Regard sur le court (Canada), Go short Festival (Pays-bas), Kyiv International Film Festival (Ukraine), European Media Art Festival (Germany), Vienna Independents Short Festival (Austria), Festival of Nations (Vienne), Guanajuato (Mexique), Odense (Danemark), DocuTIFF (Albanie), Mediterranean Film Festival (Bosnie), Insomnia FF (Moscou), Valencia International Film festival, Sao Paulo International short film festival, Kinemastic (Malte), Future shorts, Concorto Film Festival (Italy), Filmets Badalona (Spain), Kaohsiung Film Festival (Taiwan), Milano film festival, Encounters Film festival (Bristol), Sedicicorto (Forli), la Nuit du court (Lausanne), Invideo (Milan), Cinemaforum (Varsovie), Interfilm Berlin, Animateka (Slovénie), Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Lituanie), Cairo Video Festival (Egypte), GLAS Animation Festival (Berkeley, USA), Filmfest Dresden (Germany), Nashville Film Festival, Nuits du court-métrage en Ukraine, Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival, Formentera Film - International Festival of short films,documentaries and video art (Spain), FICA - Festival of Cinema and Enviromental Video (Brésil), Côté Court Pantin, Silhouette (Paris), Cinessonne, Festival de cinéma européen des Arcs, Villeurbanne, Videoformes (Clermont-Ferrand), Des courts en hiver (Porto-Vecchio), WIP Commune Image, Festival du film en plein air (Grenoble), L'étrange festival (Paris), Festival Court-Métrange (Rennes), Chacun son court (Strasbourg), Un festival c'est trop court! (Nice), festival OVNI (Nice), Festival Ciné Poème, Festival national du film d’animation de Bruz - Rennes métropole.

 

 

 

 

„WE’LL BECOME OIL”  production Bathysphere: 2013

 

Awards

 

Quality Award, National Center of Cinematography CNC, Paris, France, 2014

Best animation film, Tampere Film Festival, Finland

Best Experimental Film, Teheran Film Festival, Iran


Festivals Tampere (Finland), Rooftop (New-York), Slamdance (USA), Ljubliana (Slovénie), Vienna Independent Shorts, Teheran (Iran), Milano Film Festival, Guanajuato (Mexico), Worldwide Shot Film Festival (Toronto), Art Film Festival (Slovaquie), Odensee (Denmark), L'alternativa (Barcelone), Animatou (Genève), Naoussa Film Festival (Grèce), Bienal Imagem Contato (Brésil), Erarta Motion Pictures Festival (St Petersbourg), Future Shorts (Londres), Ex-Is Experimentl (Séoul), Alchemy Film and and Moving Image (GB), Concorto Film Festival (Italy), Gulf Film Festival (Dubai), Tamatave (Madagascar), Leuven (Belgique), Clermont-Ferrand, Nice, Aubagne, FIFE (Paris), Vidéoformes (Clermont-Ferrand)

 

 

„EXLAND” (collaboration with Thibault Gleize) 2013

 

Awards

 

MQ Residency Award, Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna, Austria

 

Best Experimental Film, Message 2 man Festival, St Petersburg, Russia

 

Festivals Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal (Canada), Milano Film Festival (Italy),International Film Festival Palic, (Serbie), Kratokfil Plus Film Festival, (Bosnie)

Kassel Dokfest , (Germany),Vienna Independent Shorts,(Austria)

Message2man Festival ,St Petersburg, (Russia)

 

 

 

„GLUCOSE” (collaboration with Thibault Gleize) 2012

 

 

Awards

 

Arte CreativeAward, Côté Court Pantin, France

Best sound award, Sapporo Short Festival, Japan

Best Experimental Film, Naoussa International Film Festival, Greece

Best Experimental Film, Tabor Film Festival, Croatia

Public Award, Timishort Film Festival , Romania

 

Festivals International Film Festival Rotterdam (Pays-Bas), Milano Film Festival (Italy), Invideo Milano (Italy),Vienna Independent Shorts,(Austria), Ars Electronica, Linz(Austria),Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (Germany), Lausanne Underground Film

 

Festival, (Switzerland), BucharestInternational Experimental Film Festival (Romania), Message to man Saint Petersburg(Russia), Petaluma International Film Festival (Etats Unis), Nice Film Festival (France)

European Media Art Festival (Germany), Filmfest Dresden (Germany), Naoussa International Film Festival (Grece),Timishort Film Festival(Romania), Côté Court Pantin, Media Art Biennale, wroclaw (Poland), Videoformes, Clermont Ferrand, Sapporo Short Film Festival (Japon), Vienna Independent Shorts, (Austria), Message2man Festival ,St Petersburg, (Russia), Festival du Film d'Aubagne.

 

 

 

„CENTIPEDE SUN”, production Mathematic Studio, with the contribution of Arcadi Ile de France et de la S.C.A.M., Paris, 2010

 

Awards

 

Best digital art award, SCAM Paris, France 2010

Best Experimental Film, Festival Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostella, Spain

 “Videorama” Award, Timishort, Timisoara, Romania

Best Experimental Film, Festival Internacional de cine y video alternativo, Bogota , Colombia Best Experimental Film, Festival du Film d'Aubagne, France

 

Festivals  International Film Festival Rotterdam (Pays-Bas), Festival Nemo Paris, Videoformes, Clermont Ferrand,European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, (Germany), Festival Coté Court Pantin, Festival Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostella, (Spain), Busan international Film Festival, (Coree), Rooftop Films, New York, (USA), Athens Video Art Festival, (Grece), Timishort, Timisoara, (Romania), Videox, Zürich, (Switzerland), Film Palace Fest, (Bulgarie), 25 FPS festival, Zagreb, (Croatie), Tübingen-Stuttgart, (Germany), Asolo Art Film Fest, (Italy)

 

Ismailia International festival for Documentary & Short films, (Egypte), Thessaloniki Short Film Fest, (Grece), Petulama International Film Festival, (USA), Malescorto, (Italy), Short Film Festival Leuven, (Belgique), Water Festival, Bangalore, (India), 4th Cairo Video Festival, (Egypte), 18th Curtas Vila do Conde, (Portugal), L'Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent, Barcelona, (Spain), Reggio Film Festival. (Italy), Alcine, Madrid, (Spain), Transfera & Madatac, Madrid, (Spain), Festival International du Film d’Environnement, Paris, Festival du film de Vendôme, , Festival Internacional de cine y video alternativo, Bogota, (Colombie), International Festival of video art, Camagüey, (Cuba), Festival d'Aubagne, View Conference , Turin, (Italy), Cine Water to Drink, (Brasil), ViBGyor International Film Festival, (India) , Moves 11, Liverpool, (Angleterre), Mediawave, (Hungary), Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, (Spain), EcoCup, (Russia), Naoussa International Film Festival, (Grece), Gulf Film Festival, Dubai, (Emirates Arabes Unis), Ourense film Festival, (Spain),Un pays, un film, Apchat, (France), Green Unplugged, San Francisco, (USA), Fresh Film Fest, (republique Tcheque), Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (Brasil), Festival du Film de L'environnement de Paris, Côté Court, Pantin


„COAGULATE”, production Le Fresnoy, 2008

Awards

 

Jury's Special MentionVideoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Jury's Special Mention, Talinn International Student Film Festival, Estonia

Best video art award, Oslo screen festival, Oslo, Norway

 

Best video art award,EXIS Experimental Film Festival, Seoul, Korea

 

Festivals Split film festival, (Croatie), Asolo art film festival, Asolo, (Italy), “Temps d’images”, la Ferme du Buisson, Paris, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal, (Canada), Cork Film Festival, (Irlande), Compass of Mystery Film Festival, Bristol, (Angleterre), Oslo screen festival, Oslo, (Norvege), Kyoto international student film and video festival, (Japon), Pantheon International Xperimental Film Festival, Nicosia, (Chypres), Winterthur International Short Film Festival, (Switzerland), Saint Petersburg Youth Film Festival (Russia), Instants vidéos, Marseille, Kassel International Documentary and Video Festival, (Germany), Optica Festival, Madrid, (Spain), Alternative Film Festival Madisz, Targu Mures, (Romania), Talinn International Student Film Festival, (Estonie), Bolzano International Short Film Festival, (Italy), Mostra InVideo, Milan, (Italy), International Film Festival Rotterdam, (Pays Bss), Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Transmediale, Berlin, (Germany), Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, Aubagne Film Festival, Tampere International Film Festival, (Finlande), Videonale, Bonn, (Germany), "Ou va la vidéo", Padova, (Italy), Moves Festival, Manchester, (Angleterre), Festival Némo, Paris, International Guerilla Video Festival, Dublin, (Irlande), Film Festival Breda, Breda, (Pays Bas), European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, (Germany), Mediawave, Gyor, (Hungary), Festival du Film Court de Castres, Kinodance, International Dance Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, (Russia), Timishort Filme Festival,(Romania), WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, (Poland), Worldwide Film Festival, Toronto, (Canada) Festival Coté Court, Pantin,

 

 

 

“UNLITH”, production Le Fresnoy 2007

 

Awards:

 

Jury's Special Mention, International film festival Rotterdam, Holland

 Best video art award, Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand, France

 

Festivals International film festival Locarno, Play Forward section (Switzerland), Biennale vidéo et nouveaux médias de Santiago de Chile (Chili), International film festival Rotterdam (Pays Bas),Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh Art Festival (Ecosse), Split film festival

 

(Croatie), Mediaschool Film Festival (Lodz) (Poland), Show Off Paris, Espace Cardin, Paris, Kinofest Bucarest (Romanie), Festival opera nuove Bolzano (Italy), Trunk - the Nordic Art Video Festival, (Sweden), Paris Tout court, Paris, Nemo Festival, Paris, Sonar film festival, firenze, (Italy), European media art festival Osnabruck , (Germany), Festival du cinéma européen, Lille, Mediawave Festival, Gyor, (Hungary), Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (Romania), Seoul EX-IS Experimental Film Festival (Coree)

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

Solo Shows:

 

«z-land», Rolf Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

MEP Virtuelle, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France «we’ll become oil», AsifaKeil Austria, Vienna

«we’ll become oil», Rolf Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

«coagulate », Slash Gallery, Cluj Napoca, Romania

«coagulate», Rolf Hengesbach Gallery, Berlin, Germany

«coagulate», La Panera, Art Center Lleida, Spain

«Unlith/coagulate» gallery Art Claims Impulse, Berlin, Germany

« Labyrinth of my mind », Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

 

Group Shows (NON-EXHAUSTIVE LIST):

 

“Filmer l'Art en VR”, Auditorium du Louvre, Louvre, Paris

 

„OLHO”, Museum of Moder Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

“Le Fresnoy- mémoire de l’imagination”, BNF, Paris, France

Apocalypse - Hengesbach Gallery, Wuppertal, Germany

„Video Forever: Animal Death”, Musee de laChasse et de la Nature, Paris Imagining Crisis - Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan

“Arte video night”, Palais deTokyo, Paris

“Loop art fair”, Barcelona, Spain

“Moving Image”, New York, USA

I SEE YOU - Kunsthalle Detroit, Detroit, MI Digital Life, USA

Liquid Landscape - MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Roma, Italy

 

lichtsicht - 4. Projektions-Biennale Bad Rothenfelde - Projektions-Biennale Bad Rothenfelde, Germany

Accumulations - Galerie Sherin Najjar, Berlin, Germany

”Catastrophology” Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea

 

17ºVideobrasil - SESC, São Paulo, Brasil

 

WRO Media Art Biennale 2011 - Contemporary Theatre, Wroclaw, Poland

 

Emaf - Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck

Höhepunkte der Kölner KunstFilmBiennale - KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Berlin

Unsichtbare Schatten - Bilder der Verunsicherung - MARTa Herford, Herford

«Mois de la Photographie», Paris, France

« Invisible Shadows », Marta Herford Museum, Herford, Germany

Vídeo Short List/Dream Machine - Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niterói, Niterói, RJ, Brésil

Videonale 12 - Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn

Vidéos Europa - Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing

  • Dans la nuit, des images », Grand Palais, Paris, France Machines à Rêve / Video short list - Passage de Retz, Paris

 

Panorama 9-10 - Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing,  Laisle videoNONstop - Novembro Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brésil «Sousinfluences » ADN Galeria, Barcelona + Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris

 

Studies:

 

2006-2008 :Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Art, Tourcoing, France,

2004-2006 :Masters in Art, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, France

 

1999-2003 :University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

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